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The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster is one of the largest departments of its kind in the UK. In the subject league tables, we are ranked 10th in the world for Linguistics in the 2023 QS World University Rankings, 2nd in the UK for Linguistics in the Times and Sunday Times Good University 2024 and 3rd in the Complete University Guide (CUG) 2024.

For over 40 years we have been known internationally for innovative qualitative and quantitative research on language that advances both theory and practical applications. We have a state-of-the-art phonetics laboratory and cutting-edge eye-tracking and EEG equipment for psycholinguistic research. We are one of the world’s top centres for corpus linguistics and its applications and we are internationally known for our work in fields such as critical discourse analysis, language testing, literacy research and cognitive linguistics. More recently, we have developed our expertise in sociophonetics, forensic linguistics, business communication and intercultural communication.

We are committed to high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our courses. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn. Some of our staff have received awards for teaching and we constantly strive to improve.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) Linguistics was submitted to Modern Languages and Linguistics. The department achieved the highest possible score for impact and was rated ‘outstanding’ for 100% of our research impact. Linguistics is also rated ‘world-leading’ for 100% of its research environment and ranked 2nd in the UK for overall research quality.

  • 100% of research impact rated 'outstanding'
  • 100% of research environment rated 'world-leading'
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for overall research quality

The REF shows that Linguistics continues to be a large and diverse department in which nearly all staff both teach and do internationally-recognised research.